Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  I can’t believe that tomorrow I have to go back to school, Christmas vacation went by way too fast.  Did you have any kind of a celebration for New Years Eve?  We went out to eat and to a movie, then came home and watched TV.  None of us made it to see the ball drop, we all fell asleep!

Did you get anything nice for Christmas?  I had a VERY nice Christmas.  Between my parents, aunts and uncles, friends and Santa, I got quite a few things I’d been wanting and a few I wasn’t expecting!

First off, thank you so much to Xyra and the gang at Tea Time For Melody Q for this adorable holiday shirt!

And these awesome mittens too!

My parents go by the “4 Things” rules for Christmas.  Something to read, something to wear, something you need and something you want.  First, my something to read:

Yeah, I know it’s kind of the wrong season for it, but I really wanted it.  I’ll be ready for next Halloween!

Now for my something to wear:

I saw this dress in the catalog and had mentioned it to my mom, so I was really excited to get it.  And to go with it was my something I wanted:

Cowboy boots!  I think they will look great with the dress.

My something I need was a very cool gift.  I’d mentioned this a while ago, and I was really surprised to get it!

An amp for my guitar!!!  I was so excited, I’ve been using the one that belongs to mom, but it’s too big for me to bring to my room.  This is the perfect size!

My aunts and uncles decided to get me what they called “retro” gifts.  They got me things that reminded them of their own childhoods.

First a set of Lincoln Logs!  You can build cool stuff out of these.

A Lite Brite!  A friend of mine has one of these and I was so excited to get one of my own!

And this cool, old timey-wimey radio!

Did you notice my Dr. Who sounding comment on the radio?  Well, there’s a reason for that.  I exchanged gifts with my friend Louisa–and she got me a cool Dr. Who book–and a sonic screwdriver!!!

Santa brought me a couple of things too.  Some jewelry in my stocking:

These cool chocolates:  (Mom told me I had to eat them a little at a time, not all at once.  Darn!)

And my big present from Santa was super exciting:

I got Luciana!!!!  I was so happy!  Now I can join the doll club too with the other girls.  Here are some pictures of her out of the box, I think she is so pretty!

Oh, that cool fluffy white pillow on my bed, was also a present from Santa.  It will come in very handy for when I want to watch TV or play video games.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my presents.  Did you get anything really special for Christmas?  I loved everything I got this year, but I’m most excited about Luciana and my amplifier for my guitar.

Thanks for stopping by!  Now I have to clean this mess up before Louisa gets here, she’s coming over to play later on!  Bye!  And Happy New Year!

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Dollhouse and Doll Storage

Last week I unveiled Mimi’s bedroom.  That was certainly a fun project, but not without a lot of work ahead of time.  In case you missed it in my previous post, I decided to put all of the dollhouse stuff in storage for a variety of reasons.  The main one being I hadn’t been using it and it was all getting dusty.  The good thing is that the dollhouse itself was basically a set of shelves I purchased at Home Depot, so I at least had some place to store all of it.  Everything else either went into it’s original box (thank heavens I saved my AG boxes for the larger pieces) or a storage bin.  A trip to Target and later a trip to Dollar General and I finally had enough boxes for everything with a few to spare.

I did leave the kitchen out of containers for easy access, that’s a room I can see me using for other things.

Putting the dollhouse away left me with another problem though…what to do with all of my dolls!  I’d used the dollhouse as a way to display everyone before, and now with it gone, I needed to come up with a new storage solution.  I wanted something that was easy access too since I’ll still be using the dolls in future stories.  Hmmm…

In the meantime, it looked a bit like this:

My first thought was to get stands, but not only was I concerned about everyone not fitting in the space I had, but that would start to add up and I really didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on stands.  I took a break from working on the room and gave it some serious thought.  Then I had an idea pop into my head.

I remembered a tote I had from Thirty One.  I actually have three of these and they do come in handy for different things, but it had been a while since I’d used them.  I decided to test my idea out first.

I was easily able to fit 7 dolls in this with enough space for one more if I arranged them properly.  Plus with more in there, the chances of them falling over was lessened.  It was time to really try this out!

I put all of the siblings in one tote, the rest of the siblings and some of the “only children” in the other tote and the smaller tote was just the right size to hold the 6 girls who lived in the dollhouse (ie. the main characters).  My idea worked great!  In case you are wondering, the two totes with 8 dolls in them are the large utility tote and the one with 6 dolls is the medium utility tote.

I’m pleased with how everything worked out.  I think I should be able to easily find things as I need them and with this set up, keep clutter to a minimum.  Always a battle for anyone who collects anything.

The Official Unveiling Of Mimi’s Room!

Flo:  It has taken a bit of sorting and thought to get this whole project to where I wanted it to be.  After a few minor inconveniences and interruptions though, I’m very happy to present…

Mimi:  HEY!!! Wait a second!!!!  It’s my room!!  I thought you said I would get to show it when it was done?

Flo: Oh, yeah, that’s right.  Okay readers, I’m very happy to present Mimi–and her new room!

Mimi:

Okay guys, I know you’ve been waiting a while for this.  So have I!  I wasn’t sure it was ever going to be finished.

I’m so excited I finally get to show everyone though, I think it turned out fantastic.  So without further ado…

That moment you’ve all been waiting for… (Louisa taught me that you have to do a build up at times like this)

MY ROOM!!!

I’ll give you a quick tour around it and point out a few things.

There’s my desk area with all sorts of books and such.  In the corner I have a place to hang my coat and my musical instruments.  Oh, and my hamster!  His name is Chum, if you look closely, he’s trying to hide behind the food bowl.  I named him after the hamster in “The Mouse and The Motorcycle”, I love that book, have you read it?

You may have noticed a black case leaning up against my acoustic guitar case.  That’s my flute!  I started out as a flute player, then I learned piano.  Unfortunately there wasn’t space in my room for my keyboard, it’s downstairs in the family room.  After I learned how to play piano, I moved on to guitar, I have both an acoustic and electric guitar.  I need an amp for my electric guitar though, I have to go downstairs and use the one my dad has.  I’m hoping maybe I’ll get a small one for my room for Christmas though.

Here’s my flute, I don’t play it as much anymore.  Several of my friends play flute too, we had a flute quartet one time at church, that was really fun!

Here’s my bed with some of my favorite stuffed toys on it.  The airplane was something my dad bought for me when we were at the airport in New York and the sheep I got in Ireland.  The llama and the clapboard pillow were birthday presents.  And that afghan is nice and warm, a friend of my mom’s made it.  I need right now with all of this cold weather.

Once nice thing with this bed is it’s a trundle, so it has this nice section that pulls out so if I have a friend stay over, they have a place to sleep!

It also comes in handy for relaxing and watching TV, it’s at a better angle to see it!

Oh, yeah, you might have noticed a little friend of mine here.  That’s Ginger!

Say “hello” Ginger!  (WOOF!)

She’s my puppy, she was also a birthday present this year, I was so happy, I’ve been wanting a dog for ages.  She’s a husky mix and won’t get much bigger than she is now, she’s almost a year old already.

On this side of the room I have some toys and other odds and ends stashed.

This case has some of my collectibles.  On top is my Wii and a television.  As you can see, Kit has me hooked on Downton Abbey too!  Poor Edith. 😦

I’m really happy with my new room, I have a lot of space for all of my instruments, school stuff and toys.  I was afraid it all might not fit, but I was happy to see that it did.  I would like to get some posters and pictures for on the walls, I’m still trying to decide what I want though.  I’d like to find things with some of my favorite bands on them.

Thanks for stopping by to see it.  I’m going to be decorating for the holidays soon, I’ll be sure to show you how it looks after that!